Boise Food trucks could get a more permanent parking place

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Food trucks may soon have a more permanent place to park in Boise.

One Boise couple is working to bring a food truck park to an empty lot off of 25th Street and Fairview Avenue. The space is currently owned by the City of Boise, and used to be a car lot. However, the couple hopes the eyesore could transform into 'foodie' heaven.

"I think we need something like this to support all of those entrepreneurs we have who are providing Boise with fantastic food for foodies," Boise resident Matthew Sorensen said. "Boise is full of foodies."

Sorensen and his wife want to give food trucks a more central location to set up shop in west Boise. They're calling the proposed food truck park "West Boise Food Park"

"I just love the food trucks," Sorensen said. "I want to be able to provide them a spot that they can call home."

The location, he said, is only slightly selfish.

"I live in this area, so I wanted to bring them all to me," he laughed.

But several people in Boise seemed on board with the idea, even if they don't live in that area.

"It's a great idea," Boise resident Angie Gilman said. "If you want to just go and have a central place where you can say 'Oh I want to sample this one, I want to try this one,' it's kind of a big open area so it seems like it'd be a good place to do that."

"I like the idea of them being scattered, because you don't know exactly where you're going to end up and it's more convenient," Boise resident Rebecca Beard said. "But I do think it'd be a great idea to have that prime location."

Some people told KBOI they wished the food truck park could be more centrally located downtown.

Sorensen has been working with city planners on details of the project. He said so far, the city and vendors have all been very supportive.

"People have really been coming out of the wood works to help," he said.

The couple is hoping to raise $20,000 through a Kickstarter campaign online to help get the wheels rolling. In the end, Sorensen said he hopes the West End Food Park will have tables, entertainment space and even an organic produce stand.

"If we do get the Kickstarter funded, this thing is going to go off with a bang," he said.

The Sorensens are hoping to raise the money by April 14, 2014 so they can get the food truck park up and running by late April or early May. Sorensen said the $20,000 would help fund the costs of getting electricity back into the parking lot, installing a sewer, and putting in picnic tables.

Sorensen told KBOI they want to make this happen, and will pull some money out of their own pockets to help get the food truck park off the ground.

If you'd like to donate to the West End Food Park Kickstarter campaign, click here or visit their website for more information.